St. Mary's tackle Schools tonight

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Jamaica Gleaner


BURSTING with confidence after their decisive 3-0 defeat of city champions, Kingston College, on Friday last, Trinidad's top schoolboy football aggregation, St. Mary's College, seek their second victory tonight at Sabina Park in the second fixture of their five-match tour when they tackle an all-Manning Cup team.

The absence of outside left position of the injured Ralph Horton did not seriously impair the efficiency of the tourists' front line in Friday night's match. But a full side tonight, counting out further mishaps, should against the presumably better Manning eleven, bring out the real strength of the team.

There is much speculation among football fans as to just how well the Manning Cuppers can perform as a team, considering that they have had little match practice since the selectees were announced some weeks ago.

To beat the Trinidadians, the combined team will have to play far better than Kingston College did in the series opener, and the extent to which the forwards are in position to receive passes will directly affect the homesters' ability to pierce the St. Mary's defence.


KC found it difficult to get past left back and skipper, Tyrone de Labastide, and right back, Aubrey Welch, but the teaks of the forwards was unnecessarily made harder by their being out of position when they should be collecting passes from the halves. Also, the Manning Cup champions delayed clearances from their penalty area.

If the all-Manning side does better in these respects, they will improve their chances of winning tonight.

Jeffrey Mahon at centre, is the strong link in the visitors' forward line, and with inside right, Rowley Forde, and inside left, Richard Neives, from whom he gets excellent co-operation, forms a formidable arrowhead that can prove a headache to many a goalkeeper.


To replace Horton, the visitors will probably use reserve forward Dave 'Freeze' Freeman, so that the St. Mary's line-up should be: Guy Boldon (Goal), Aubrey Welch (RB), Tyrone de Labastide (LB), William Browne (RH), Gabriel Clarke (CH), Calvie Griffin (LH), Wencelaus Thomasos (OR), Rowley Forde (LR), Jeffrey Mahon (CF), Richard Neives (IL) and Dave Freeman (OL).

The Manning XI is: Michael King (St. George's, goal), Milton Bernard (Calabar, RB), E. Clarke (Excelsior, LB), Walter Campbell (St. George's, RH), Merrick Miller (KC, CH), Roy Lee (St. George's, LH), Derrick DaCosta (St. Geo., OR), Neville McCook (KC, IR), Ricardo Blissett (KC, CF), Winston Walker (Calabar, IL), Neville Sproul (JC, OL).

Kensington, runners-up in the Senior League soccer competition, clash with Melbourne in the second Morin Cup knockout match, fixed for a 7.30 o'clock start.

The St. Mary's-Manning XI game starts at approximately 8.50.

The first match will be refereed by Ernest Plume and the second by Edward Roberts.

First-match teams are to be presented to Mr. Eric James, secretary of the Trinidad Football Association, and those in the second fixture to Rt. Rev. John J. McEleny, Roman Catholic Bishop of Kingston.